God, the Bible and Human Consciousness brings a fresh voice to the discussion of spirituality and biblical truth claims. Biblical archetypes--orphans, rival twins, suffering heroes--appear in cognate forms in virtually every culture. These figures represent developmental realities so fundamental, so perpetually true, that they are encoded as part of the genetic heritage. Rejecting fundamentalist literalism and atheist polemics, Clasby develops a new path, using current studies in the cognitive sciences and narrative forms. This book offers a breakaway reading of the Bible--compatible with reason and with the traditions of Western religious belief.